Doctor Doctor Who Guide

Statistics


On This Day (USA) - 26 January



Invasion of the Dinosaurs: Part Three premiered on BBC One in 1974 at 5:30pm, watched by 11.00 million viewers.

The Doctor has captured a Tyrannosaurus Rex but the conspirators don't want it to remain captive for long. Sarah follows a lead but finds herself in the hands of the enemy.



Four To Doomsday: Part Four premiered on BBC One (Not Wales) in 1982 at 7:06pm, watched by 9.40 million viewers.

Snakedance: Part Four premiered on BBC One in 1983 at 6:44pm, watched by 7.40 million viewers.

Frontios: Part One premiered on BBC One in 1984 at 6:41pm, watched by 8.00 million viewers.

Vengeance on Varos: Part Two premiered on BBC One in 1985 at 5:21pm, watched by 7.00 million viewers.
 Birthdays
Ciera Payton will be 32 - credited as Janet in The Middle Men(TW)

Ciera Payton is a New Orleans Native. She was raised in multiple neighborhoods in New Orleans but she most identifies with the third ward. There, she lived with her drug addict father and Nanaw (Grandmother). 

When  Payton was in eighth grade, her Nanaw died of cancer and her father was incarcerated. It was then that Payton  went to live with her mother in New Orleans East. She joined her school's Drama Troupe and then auditioned for the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. As a freshman, she auditioned for the introductory course at NOCCA, but was enrolled in the sophomore class.

She graduated from NOCCA as a junior and then headed to North Carolina School of the Arts for their High School Drama program and continued to study there for college.

Payton splits her residences between Los Angeles, New York, and New Orleans. She has written and is performing her One-Woman show titled Michael's Daughter. The story that traces back to Ciera's childhood growing up in New Orleans through prison letters between her and her father, Michael.



Sean Blowers will be 57 - credited as Zed in Dragonfire

Sean Blowers is an English actor. 

He played Zed in the 1987 Doctor Who serial Dragonfire.

He is best known for playing John Hallam in London's Burning from 1988 to 1998 and he has also been in The Bill, A Touch of Frost, Dalziel and Pascoe, Heartbeat, New Tricks,Casualty, Staying Alive, Crossroads and has appeared in The Krays, The Living Daylights and First Knight.



Mal Young will be 61 - 25 credits, including Executive Producer for Rose

Mal Young is a British television producer and executive producer.

His initial career was in the Graphic Design industry, and it was not until the age of 27 that he began working in television, on the acclaimed Channel 4 soap opera Brookside.

Working on the show for nearly a decade, he worked his way up to become its producer in the early 1990s, although his tenure was criticised by some for taking the show away from its social realist roots towards a more sensationalist, ratings-chasing format. He achieved all time record ratings for the series and for C4. He also co-created and produced his own successful drama series for C4 And The Beat Goes On. He then moved on to become Head of Drama at the independent production company Pearson Television, where he oversaw work on ITV police drama The Bill and another soap opera, Channel 5's Family Affairs, which he created, and was Executive Producer on C5's legal drama series, the BAFTA nominated Wing And A Prayer

In 1997, he moved to the BBC to become the Controller of Continuing Drama Series for the Corporation's in-house production arm, a position he held until 2004. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing all of the organisation's in-house continuing episodic drama series (as opposed to short-run multi-episode-storyline serials, which are handled by the Head of Serials). Programmes he oversaw for the BBC included the soap opera EastEnders; medical dramas Doctors (which he co-created), Casualty and the latter's spin-off seriesHolby City, which he created; police dramas Dalziel and PascoeWaking the Dead and Merseybeat; anthology shows The Afternoon Play and Murder in Mind; legal drama Judge John Deed; rural-set Down to Earth; comedy-drama Being April and Doctor Who.

At the end of 2004, Young left the staff of the BBC to take up a new, position as Head of Drama at independent production company19 Television Limited, part of Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment, Also from the BBC came former Head of Development, Serena Cullen, who is now 19 Entertainment's Head of Development for Film and Television. They are charged with developing new drama formats for the UK and U.S. markets. he now splits his time between the US and UK. He co-created, wrote and produced a drama pilot for Fox in March 2007, Born In The USA. He then co-wrote and sold another pilot, to The CW in the US - Austin Golden Hour - a real time medical drama series format for the 2008-2009 season.

Biography from the Wikipedia article, licensed under CC-BY-SA 



Alfred Lynch (died 2003 aged 72) would be 87 - credited as Commander Millington in The Curse of Fenric

Alfred Lynch was an English actor on stage, film and television.

He played Commander Millington in the Doctor Who serial The Curse of Fenric.

In 1958 he joined the Royal Court Theatre and acted in a number of plays. After 1960 his career moved more into film and television, for example appearing with Sean Connery in the 1961 film On the Fiddle and the 1965 film The Hill. He also appeared in the 1968 adaptation of The Sea Gull, and the 1990 film The Krays. Some of his later television credits include reading children's stories on Jackanory, Manhunt, Going Straight. Pie In The Sky and the Doctor Who serial The Curse of Fenric as Commander Millington.



Roy Purcell (died 2000 aged 81) would be 99 - 2 credits, including Chief Prison Officer Powers in The Mind of Evil

Roy Purcell was an English actor who appeared in two Doctor Who stories in the early 1970's.

He also appeared in The Collectors, Z Cars and The Troubleshooters.